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JMS935 JMS935 is offline
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The more concerned you get about making it right for the widow, the more disservice you’re doing to yourself. Bottom line is, it sounds like you really don’t know what kind of condition the car is in because it hasn’t been properly inspected. If someone, anyone, wants to sell a car without putting any effort into it at all, that’s been forgotten about and is sitting in a garage under layers of dust for the past 3 years without so much as being alert...THEY AREN'T GETTING MARKET VALUE FOR IT, even if they’re a lovable old widow.

With all of the stress you are putting on making sure the widow is treated fairly, it seems like you’re too close to this seller to be the buyer. Either you’re going to over pay for it due to that, and then find something major wrong with it after you own it which makes it a loser for you, OR, you’ll under pay for it if it turns out it just needed some new fluids and a good detail, in which case you’ll always feel guilty about it.

My advice, either walk away from this deal altogether, or completely separate the emotion from it and handle it like any other transaction. The latter is how this gets sold fairly to both parties, then there aren’t any hard feelings on either side. Inspect the car thoroughly, take all of the emotion out of it, and make her your best offer.

That’s my two cents for what it’s worth.
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